H1N1 Deaths Continue

New Mexico – New Mexico health officials say an 11-year old boy from Bernalillo County has died from the swine flu.

Authorities say the boy, who died Sunday, had a chronic medical condition that put him at higher risk for serious complications. He had been at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for three weeks before his death.

Health officials say there have been 22 deaths in New Mexico this year related to the swine flu.

People with chronic health conditions are at higher risk for developing serious complications from the swine flu virus and should get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The state Department of Health has ordered 124,310 doses of nasal and injectable swine flu vaccine so far and expects to receive 1.2 million doses by the end of January.

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